After World War I ended, developers began to clear and improve land east of Ritter Avenue, west of Arlington Avenue, south of Tenth Street, and north of Pleasant Run Parkway. They put in the first streets by extending Campbell, Bolton, Graham, Audubon, and others. They discarded the curvy streets popularized in the late nineteenth century in the southern part of the neighborhood for more conventional avenues on a grid. They built modern houses complete with electricity, updated plumbing, and detached garages. Tudor and Dutch-Revival dwellings were the rage in the United States in the 1920s although many still preferred bungalows and American Four Square homes. Stucco became a popular building material.
Aerial photography became popular in the 1920s just as drone photography has become the rage in the 2010s. Three views of this large photograph reveals the first homes to be built in the North Irvington Garden District. You will be able to get your bearings once you understand that the large avenue cutting through the middle of the photograph is Pleasant Run Parkway. It dead ended into Arlington Avenue. (and still does) You will notice that the Pleasant Run Golf Course was not quite finished yet. In the upper left corner of the photograph, you can see the Anderson Cemetery along East 10th Street. Note that Warren Park had not been developed yet! The streets visible in this part of the photograph include Arlington Avenue (note no houses--just small trees), Campbell Avenue, Bolton Avenue, and Graham Avenue. The developer had extended both Campbell and Bolton up to East 10th Street, but only a small part of St. Clair Street had been completed. On the far right of the photo, you can see the older and more established part of the neighborhood. You will get a better view of that section in the other two views of this photograph.
|North Irvington Garden District of Irvington in 1925|
|Northern Irvington in 1925|
|Northern Irvington in 1925|
Campbell Avenue--North Irvington Garden District in 1925
|Harry and Ruth Wofle dwelled in this lovely Tudor-Revival home at 726 North Campbell Avenue with their son Harry. Mr. Wolfe was a sales manager for a bed spring manufacturing company.|
|Delbert and Helen Giffin, both in their thirties, lived in 733 North Campbell Avenue with their daughter Betty. They later moved to Kenmore Road. Mr. Giffin served as a personnel director for the P.R. Mallory Company.|
|Leroy and Florence Langdon, both in their twenties, resided at 739 North Campbell Avenue in 1925. Mr. Langdon ran a hardware store and a drug store located in the 3800 block of East Washington Street. He was also a pharmacist.|
|This small bungalow at 762 North Campbell has been altered and enlarged over the years. A young couple, Frank and Eleanor Benson dwelled here in 1925, but they were gone by 1926. Mr. Benson was a sales manager for the Long-Bell Lumber Company.|
Bolton Avenue--North Irvington Garden District in 1925
|Halford and Edna Howland dwelled in this stuccoed bungalow at 719 North Graham Avenue in 1925. They actually built the house in 1919 making it one of the oldest homes in the district. In 1930, their home was valued at $8,500.|
|Charles O Fouts, a salesman, lived in this Dutch Colonial Revival at 723 North Graham Avenue in 1925. More research is needed on this family.|
|Stephen and Audrey Steinbuch, a young couple, resided in this house at 731 North Graham Avenue in 1925. They had four children. Mr. Steinbuch earned a comfortable living as a draftsman.|
|Charles and Hazel Flowers, both in their forties, lived in this stuccoed beauty at 734 North Graham Avenue. The couple had four children. Mr. Flowers sold life insurance.|
|Harvey and Lena Carson, both quite young, dwelled in this Craftsman stunner at 747 North Graham Avenue. The couple had two small children and Mr. Carson's mother, Bertha Carson, also resided in the house.|
|The Long family resided at 757 North Graham Avenue in 1925. They were gone by 1926. More research is needed on this family.|
Throughout the late 1920s, dreamers built dozens of other beautiful homes throughout the North Irvington Garden District. The area would be fully developed within twenty years. Today the sycamores and maples planted by those early folks tower over the neighborhood. Google satellite imagery reveals that it actually looks more like a forest today than it did in 1925 when the area was wide open and ready for development.
The historic image is courtesy of the Warrenburg family.